Architecture on Holiday: The Buildings of the English Seaside


Art History


Day course

Philip Wilkinson

19 July 2022


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In the heyday of the seaside holiday, England’s coastal towns were transformed to accommodate the millions of visitors and keep them entertained. Hotels, boarding houses, piers, lidos, beach huts, carousels, amusement parks, dance halls – all had their distinctive art and design.

This course describes them all, as well as covering the traditional architecture of coastal towns and fishing villages. From garish to functional, brash to traditional, seaside architecture is fascinating – and. All comers welcome.


Tutor information

Philip Wilkinson is the author of many books on architecture and history. He wrote a series of books to accompany the BBC2 series Restoration and Restoration Village and is the author of The English Buildings Book (publisher English Heritage), Fifty Architecture Ideas You Really Need To Know (Quercus), Phantom Architecture (Simon & Schuster) and Irreplaceable (Historic England). He explores buildings ceaselessly, recording discoveries on his blog ( and gives talks on architectural subjects.

Covid information

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.